Members of Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre make masks, dresses during pandemic

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Lisa Botalico of Princeton, front, teaches Libby choreography in the backyard. Members of the Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre in Woodbridge have been busy with administrative duties, making dresses, rehearsing dances and making masks to help those in need. Botalico, a Princeton resident, is a principal dancer and assistant artistic director for Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre. She teaches Flamenco classes at the Princeton Arts Council for about the same length of time, 20 years, and also teaches at other studios in the area. She and Eva Lucena, artistic director, have brought many new dance pieces and innovative theater pieces on stage since 2000. Botalico is married to Joel Rudin, a professional viola player who also creates music arrangements for the company, while also playing with several chamber and symphony orchestras. They have one son, Alexander, who studies entomology at Rutgers University and who also is an accomplished classical trumpet player. PHOTOS COURTESY OF EVA LUCENA WELCH AND MIKE WELCH
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Joni Amar sews a Flamenco dress. Members of the Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre in Woodbridge have been busy with administrative duties, making dresses, rehearsing dances and making masks to help those in need. PHOTOS COURTESY OF EVA LUCENA WELCH AND MIKE WELCH
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Cathy Carrasco has been making flowers for residents of elderly homes. Members of the Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre in Woodbridge have been busy with administrative duties, making dresses, rehearsing dances and making masks to help those in need. PHOTOS COURTESY OF EVA LUCENA WELCH AND MIKE WELCH
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Mike, left, and Eva Welch work on administrative and graphic tasks. Members of the Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre in Woodbridge have been busy with administrative duties, making dresses, rehearsing dances and making masks to help those in need. PHOTOS COURTESY OF EVA LUCENA WELCH AND MIKE WELCH
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Eva Conti makes homemade masks for the medical staff at Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals. Members of the Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre in Woodbridge have been busy with administrative duties, making dresses, rehearsing dances and making masks to help those in need. Conti, who makes dresses, challenged the dancers to make their own Bata de Cola Flamenco style skirts; the Bata dance was supposed to be a highlight of Alborada's 25th anniversary concert. PHOTOS COURTESY OF EVA LUCENA WELCH AND MIKE WELCH
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Jennifer Duran models the Bata she made. Members of the Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre in Woodbridge have been busy with administrative duties, making dresses, rehearsing dances and making masks to help those in need. PHOTOS COURTESY OF EVA LUCENA WELCH AND MIKE WELCH
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Krystina Cardenas sews a Bata skirt. Members of the Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre in Woodbridge have been busy with administrative duties, making dresses, rehearsing dances and making masks to help those in need. PHOTOS COURTESY OF EVA LUCENA WELCH AND MIKE WELCH
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Lisa Botalico choreographing a new dance in her basement. Botalico, a Princeton resident, is a principal dancer and assistant artistic director for Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre. She teaches Flamenco classes at the Princeton Arts Council for about the same length of time, 20 years, and also teaches at other studios in the area. She and Eva Lucena, artistic director, have brought many new dance pieces and innovative theater pieces on stage since 2000. Botalico is married to Joel Rudin, a professional viola player who also creates music arrangements for the company, while also playing with several chamber and symphony orchestras. They have one son, Alexander, who studies entomology at Rutgers University and who also is an accomplished classical trumpet player.
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Grecia Marchena makes masks.
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Krystina Cardenas makes polka dot cookies.
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Joni Amar shows off her newly created Bata.
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Jennifer Duran trying to maintain a sense of humor during the pandemic.
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Claudia Morena making masks for Montefiore Medical Center.
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Rene Ybarbo modeling her finished Bata.
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Rene Ybarbo making a Bata.
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  1 / 15 
Lisa Botalico of Princeton, front, teaches Libby choreography in the backyard. Members of the Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre in Woodbridge have been busy with administrative duties, making dresses, rehearsing dances and making masks to help those in need. Botalico, a Princeton resident, is a principal dancer and assistant artistic director for Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre. She teaches Flamenco classes at the Princeton Arts Council for about the same length of time, 20 years, and also teaches at other studios in the area. She and Eva Lucena, artistic director, have brought many new dance pieces and innovative theater pieces on stage since 2000. Botalico is married to Joel Rudin, a professional viola player who also creates music arrangements for the company, while also playing with several chamber and symphony orchestras. They have one son, Alexander, who studies entomology at Rutgers University and who also is an accomplished classical trumpet player. PHOTOS COURTESY OF EVA LUCENA WELCH AND MIKE WELCH
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Joni Amar sews a Flamenco dress. Members of the Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre in Woodbridge have been busy with administrative duties, making dresses, rehearsing dances and making masks to help those in need. PHOTOS COURTESY OF EVA LUCENA WELCH AND MIKE WELCH
  3 / 15 
Cathy Carrasco has been making flowers for residents of elderly homes. Members of the Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre in Woodbridge have been busy with administrative duties, making dresses, rehearsing dances and making masks to help those in need. PHOTOS COURTESY OF EVA LUCENA WELCH AND MIKE WELCH
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Mike, left, and Eva Welch work on administrative and graphic tasks. Members of the Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre in Woodbridge have been busy with administrative duties, making dresses, rehearsing dances and making masks to help those in need. PHOTOS COURTESY OF EVA LUCENA WELCH AND MIKE WELCH
  5 / 15 
Eva Conti makes homemade masks for the medical staff at Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals. Members of the Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre in Woodbridge have been busy with administrative duties, making dresses, rehearsing dances and making masks to help those in need. Conti, who makes dresses, challenged the dancers to make their own Bata de Cola Flamenco style skirts; the Bata dance was supposed to be a highlight of Alborada's 25th anniversary concert. PHOTOS COURTESY OF EVA LUCENA WELCH AND MIKE WELCH
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Jennifer Duran models the Bata she made. Members of the Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre in Woodbridge have been busy with administrative duties, making dresses, rehearsing dances and making masks to help those in need. PHOTOS COURTESY OF EVA LUCENA WELCH AND MIKE WELCH
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Krystina Cardenas sews a Bata skirt. Members of the Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre in Woodbridge have been busy with administrative duties, making dresses, rehearsing dances and making masks to help those in need. PHOTOS COURTESY OF EVA LUCENA WELCH AND MIKE WELCH
  8 / 15 
Lisa Botalico choreographing a new dance in her basement. Botalico, a Princeton resident, is a principal dancer and assistant artistic director for Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre. She teaches Flamenco classes at the Princeton Arts Council for about the same length of time, 20 years, and also teaches at other studios in the area. She and Eva Lucena, artistic director, have brought many new dance pieces and innovative theater pieces on stage since 2000. Botalico is married to Joel Rudin, a professional viola player who also creates music arrangements for the company, while also playing with several chamber and symphony orchestras. They have one son, Alexander, who studies entomology at Rutgers University and who also is an accomplished classical trumpet player.
  9 / 15 
Grecia Marchena makes masks.
  10 / 15 
Krystina Cardenas makes polka dot cookies.
  11 / 15 
Joni Amar shows off her newly created Bata.
  12 / 15 
Jennifer Duran trying to maintain a sense of humor during the pandemic.
  13 / 15 
Claudia Morena making masks for Montefiore Medical Center.
  14 / 15 
Rene Ybarbo modeling her finished Bata.
  15 / 15 
Rene Ybarbo making a Bata.